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Club K.O. Tournament Round 2 Rematch!

Earlier I played yet another rematch against a very good player graded 143 ECF (1796 FIDE equ.) and he put the squeeze on me... we both play 1.d4 and are both solid players, the same style, but he's just that bit better...

I believe he played the Semi-Slav colours-reversed as I had the black pieces, I even got my dream QID setup but I lost a crucial pawn in the middlegame but didn't get enough counterplay and compensation, but I made him work extremely hard for his win Wink

He deserved the win too lol, he's just too solid for me to beat - AND I have to play him AGAIN with black next week in the second section as it is a 2-life K.O. tournament!! I'll get him next week lol, here's tonight's game...

 

 

So you can see I put up a fight, I was even hopeful of queenside counterplay and a win at one point, but it was obviously a technical win as he had the central passed-pawn to push, that ruined my drawing chances.

Ah well, this is ace practice for when I'm constantly playing people over 140 ECF (1770 FIDE equ.+) in 6 months-1year's time, and this was still a fun game to play despite losing, I relish the challenge lol, and even knowing I have him again next Monday and am technically signing up for another loss; the day I decline a challenge is the day I quit chess - NEVER!! Smile Plus I know I can beat him if I play my best. I will use more time on my clock next week too as we both still had over 40 minutes left each, so I'm gonna calculate a lot more deeply next week!

If you think about this game though, although it wasn't my best chess, I was still happy with how I played... But I just got squeezed slowly by a much better player, no shame in this loss at all. Feedback welcome.

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  • 16 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    You are right, definitely... but ...a3 could have worked if I had kept the opposition. I needed 41...Kc7 not ...Kc6?? and that was still drawing apparently. But yes, the best approach by far was to lock it up and not push ...a3 in the first place Tongue Out

    But - I will get better Wink (and was I missing my lucky blue trainers!! Laughing)

  • 16 months ago

    RyanMurphy5

    As mentioned the decisive blunder was 37...a3??  If you sit and wait for him to push b3 then a3 draws as the position is locked.  

  • 16 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Let me know when you post some up! Check my latest game I played my very first expert Cool

  • 16 months ago

    bigboyrg2012

    lol indeed it is interestig to see thought processes and I am also learning from your games (particularly the b3 games) so keep up the good work. I'll try and put some of my own work up in the next few weeks to even the score....:))

  • 16 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Thanks for your opinions and advice it's greatly appreciated! Smile

    Yeah you never know down the line we may meet again otb and I might have my shot at revenge lol Wink Tongue Out

    It would be good to meet you again at a future congress I'm not sure when I'm in one next though. I do genuinely appreciate you following me and giving me some pointers because it's all constructive and helpful, and if we do play again down the road lol you've got the upper hand because you know my repertoire! Laughing Cool

  • 16 months ago

    bigboyrg2012

    I would add btw that your c5 is perfectly playable just that you probably need to keep the tension in the centre and your c4 push may be a bit premature. White's light squared Bishop is annoying on d3 and I totally understand the need to challenge it. if I know my opponent wants to get a London set up I try and get in BF5 early on, but of course we can never know what our opponents will be thinking. The good thing is you certainly made him work for his money, and he converted the extra pawn very calmly. The higher up you play such small advantages will usually be the difference between a win and a loss. Look forward to seeing your next battle.
  • 16 months ago

    bigboyrg2012

    No worries, with the effort you are putting in and your obvious dedication you will soon be soaring into the 150's/160's and even higher. I will very soon be asking you for advice :))

  • 16 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Thanks so much bigboyrg2012 for that comment - that's some really great advice for me to take on board... thanks! Cool

  • 16 months ago

    bigboyrg2012

    Ok PUTV It seems you are not familiar with this opening so hopefully this will be of help. Your opponent has set himself up with what is known as the "London System" with a vey early h3, this is done as a prophylactic play as black will often go for an exchange of white's dark squared bishop (which deliberately goes outside the pawn chain) with your King's knight, but obviously with an early h3 the bishop can then go h2 (Bishop saved but not necessarily the best place for it) whilst your approach to his opening is reasonable and you do gain a bit of space early on you are creating a few weaknesses with that pawn structure. I personally prefer to play this opening as black playing an early d6 and thus blunting the Black Bishop diagonal. The London Opening with c3 as played is known as a slow, almost passive opening - but it is solid for white and ultimate aim is to strike out with e4 at the appropriate stage. In recent times the London is often being played with c4 rather than c3 and Be2 instead of Be3. It is certainly worth you looking up this opening as you will encounter this quite a lot in future years.

  • 17 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    My game losing blunder was in the endgame... when I pushed a3 I just needed to wait and waste moves with my king, then when he pushes b3 to make progress THEN I play a3! bxc, bxc and the position is locked-up completely.

    The pawn-sac in the middlegame was sound, I gained counterplay and had a very good game, it was yet another draw all the way through... the queen's Indian rules!! Cool - but I messed up the endgame, but I've not really been playing very long (2 years) and I will get better, it's nice to know though apart from that single endgame blunder I was drawing yet again with the 143 ECF rated player!

    Analysis even shows actually that the a3 pawn sac could have worked - but I needed to play 41...Kc7! not 41...Kc6?? and I would have held the opposition! So the idea was sound, I just didn't follow it up correctly.

    Knowing I had another draw against him is definitely a boost for next week's match! Like I said, he will have to work very hard for his win Wink

  • 17 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    If I got intimidated by stronger players I would just play people of my own rating otb, not quest for the hardest games possible Wink - read between the lines...

  • 17 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    No the attitude is right Wink - knowing I'll lose takes all the pressure off, I'll play my strongest game, if it was all about winning or losing I wouldn't play him I'd just forfeit - but I'm really looking forward to it, I love a challenge! So as I said - that's the right attitude lol Cool

  • 17 months ago

    Likhit1

    Well,I think your attitude is not right!However strong your opponent may be never assume that you will lose.Jeremy Silman in his book says that whenever your opponent makes a move,Your first thought should be-Rubbish!If the move is indeed good,then you shud think oh,it has something to it.Don't feel intimidated,just play your game!All the best!Hope you emerge victorious!

  • 17 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Yes the game is up!! Cool

    Next week though I'm not playing him again I've been paired-off against a player who is new to the club - but not the game...

     Andrejs Olehnovics - currently UNGRADED but scored 3/5 in the Kidlington u225 section with a TPR of 187 (2146 FIDE equ.) but his results for our club suggest he is around the 200 ECF mark!! He plays board 1 for our top team and is our club's strongest player, easily.


    So this will be my first-ever rated game against an expert/"almost-Master" level player! I'm seriously looking forward to this, although I will lose the game, that doesn't matter... but I will be making him work hard for his win Wink

  • 17 months ago

    Likhit1

    h3 was certainly new to me!Id have played d6 instead of d5 though,i like hedgehog kind of structures where the bishop has better scope along the long diagonal.This was a nice game,you shudnt have given up the pawn though,it was very difficult to hold after that.

  • 17 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Yep lol, no lucky blue trainers Tongue Out and no board showing Yell I could have done with a few pointers for next weeks game too as I play him AGAIN with black so don't know whether to play the same defence or play the same but use more time calculating...

    If the glitch still hasn't been sorted I might repost it all again later. Undecided

  • 17 months ago

    Likhit1

    What?!,You didn't wear your lucky Blue Trainers!?,Lol,JK.Anyways,wats up with this huge glitch,how long is it gonna take Chess.com to fix it?

  • 17 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Yeah I know. The videos aren't playing either in the video lessons... there's some big technical bug going on at chess.com it's not good...

    I've just realized why I didn't win this game too - as I left my house in a rush, I forgot to wear my lucky blue trainers... completely forgot. Obviously not the real reason I lost lol Tongue Out - BUT, every player needs a good-luck charm of sorts... and I have a great pair of blue trainers! Cool

  • 17 months ago

    JayLefler

    The board isn't showing.

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